Where do I even begin with how this video was made. Seriously. I'm asking you. I have no idea where to begin!
Poonam and I started planning this video out months ago. She is a choreographer and a Zumba teacher, and her intention with this video was to display her choreography skills with a group of normal people. She didn't want to show a complicated, jaw-dropping number, she wanted to show that she could make something look great, even with people who hadn't been training in dance their entire lives. So, obviously, this required that we have backup dancers. Four to be exact.
The night before our first planned shoot, one of dancers dropped out, and the ripple effect that followed was insane. It was tough stuff trying to get four dancers who could all be at a shoot on the same day at the same time. Plus, we didn't want to have to cut anyone who had already put in all that effort to learn the moves. We finally figured it out, only having to cut one of the original dancers, and we thought we were in the clear - and then one of the new dancers had a flat tire on the road on the way to the shoot! We managed to pull off the shoot with four dancers instead of five, which definitely wasn't what Poonam had planned, but at that point, we just had to work with what he we had. (Which were three incredible volunteers to whom we are eternally grateful!)
And that's not even the tip of the iceberg on this shoot. Did I tell you about how we almost went to jail? Let me tell you about how we almost went to jail. So, drone laws are complicated. And I thought I had done my due diligence by researching the airports and calling in advance to notify them about our drone use on Venice Beach. Turns out, no, not so much. Just as we were wrapping up Poonam's solo shots, cops came up and told us that they were under orders to impound any drones they see on the beach and put the operator in jail. Luckily, they were not jerks, and sent us off with a warning. I was mortified. Luckily, they gave us a recommendation for a beach that was drone friendly - Seal Beach.
I was as thorough with Seal Beach as I could possibly be. I scoped out the location. I called the city. I called the Naval Weapons Seal Beach Public Affairs office. I called the Los Alamitos Airfield Operations. I didn't rest until I heard actual human voices on the phone from all of these places telling us we were okay to shoot. And they did! Every single one!
What an adventure. What a learning experience. I hope all of you enjoy the video!